Opioid Rx Too Often Given to Back Pain Patients With Depression

Share this content:
Opioid Rx Too Often Given to Back Pain Patients With Depression
Opioid Rx Too Often Given to Back Pain Patients With Depression

THURSDAY, June 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with low back pain who are depressed are more likely to be prescribed opioids, and to be prescribed higher doses, according to a study published online June 20 in PAIN Reports.

The analysis of nationwide data from 2004 to 2009 found that patients with back pain who screened positive for depression were more than twice as likely to be prescribed an opioid. Over a year's time, they also got more than twice the typical dose, the researchers found.

"There is strong evidence that depressed patients are at greater risk for misuse and overdose of opioids," senior author John Markman, M.D., of the University of Rochester Medical Center's Translational Pain Research Program in New York, said in a university news release.

The researchers said learning more about these patterns can improve understanding of the U.S. opioid epidemic. It will also help evaluate the success of efforts to control prescription opioid abuse, they added.

More Information

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »

Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

More in Home

Bayer Stops U.S. Sale of Essure Birth Control Implant

Bayer Stops U.S. Sale of Essure Birth Control ...

Problems with device include chronic pain and perforations of the uterus and fallopian tubes

C.S. Mott Poll Addresses Child Safety at Amusement Parks

C.S. Mott Poll Addresses Child Safety at Amusement ...

2016 saw U.S. emergency departments deal with 30,000 injuries linked to amusement parks, carnivals

Greening Vacant Land Improves Neighborhood Mental Health

Greening Vacant Land Improves Neighborhood Mental Health

Cleaning up vacant lots in resource-limited urban settings can aid residents' mental health

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »